Girvan Gateway to Ailsa Craig South West Scotland

Girvan South West Scotland

Girvan is a poplar seaside resort whose history dates back as far as 1668. Girvan Beach is one of Ayrshire`s most popular beaches. Girvan is the largest town between Ayr and Stranraer and is a popular day trip destination for those holidaying in Portpatrick or the Rhins and Machars of Galloway.

Girvan`s beach is one of its main attractions and offers excellent views of Arran and Ailsa Craig. There are large beach-side car parks near the harbour and at the south end of the town where an excellent snack bar operates from a kiosk.

Ailsa Craig

The view out to sea from Girvan is dominated by Ailsa Craig. Ailsa Craig is only 2.5 miles in circumference but rises around 300 metres from the sea and is made of unique, very hard granite The granite is used for top quality curling stones

The island is an RSPB nature reserve and is designated a Special Protection Area.

It is possible to visit Ailsa Craig from Girvan on the Ailsa Craig Trips aboard M F V Glorious. If you are staying further south then Ailsa Crag can be visited by RIB operated by Loch Ryan Leisure

Walking in Girvan Area

Girvan is on the Ayshire Coastal Path, so that you can either walk to Girvan from Lendalfoot to the south or from Maidens in the North. The walk from Lendalfoot to Girvan at 6 miles is the shorter of the two while the walk from Maidens is 8 miles. There is an hourly bus service in either direction.

Another popular walk from Girvan is the ascent of Byne Hill This walk starts at the beach-side car park at the south of Girvan and ascends to a direction indicator about 200 metres above sea level. On a clear day there are great views of Ailsa Craig, Arran and the Mull of Kintyre from this viewpoint. The return distance is 3.75 miles. Follow the link above for route details.